If you google “dentist resume template”, you’ll find a lot of resume models filled with roles and responsibilities such as:
- Perform any treatment needed including restorative, crown and bridge, endodontics and extractions.
- Design and review treatment plans with patients.
- Interact effectively with colleagues, managers and patients on all levels.
- Provided direct dental care to patients, following approved protocols for standard of care.
- Placed and restored both single and multiple tooth implant-based restorations.
- Oral surgery including extraction of third molars which were soft and partial bony impactions.
That seems about right, no? But there’s a problem. A huge problem, actually. Think of the dentists that you know. How many of them have done similar things? Probably most of them. Because that’s pretty much what being a dentist is all about. There are differences here and there, but roles and responsibilities will often overlap. So if your resume is very close to a typical “dentist resume template”, how is that helping you get interviews? After all, the best resumes are distinctive. They make you stand out, not blend in! So here’s a little something to help you make your resume stand out. It’s based on the 3 Laws of Resume Writing. And it’s not material that I made up. I found it by carefully studying good dentist resumes.
5 Dentist Accomplishments to Make your Resume Distinctive
- Was able to gross $3,000 per day with efficient quality practice. (Using numbers to demonstrate results is a very concrete way to show what you can do. Especially for revenue! And the numbers don’t have to be staggering.)
- Patients were very satisfied with my arrival and the clinic got several patient referrals in a short period of time. (Any clinic owner will be glad to see patient referrals, since they contribute to a healthy business for years to come.)
- Modernized clinic by encouraging the introduction of new dental materials, equipment and office administration technology. (This accomplishment says that you’re proactive as an employee, and also that you like a job well done, since you want to work with the best tools available.)
- Supervised 2 receptionists, 4 dental assistants, 2 dental laboratory technicians, an office manager and an associate dentist. (Leadership experience is always sought after. It means you can help with a lot of tasks: coaching, salary discussions, schedule management…)
- Demonstrated dedication by providing discounted or pro bono dental work for victims of domestic abuse. (It’s very easy to believe in this dentist’s dedication, since working pro bono means you genuinely care for people and probably take pride in the value of your work.)
The benefit is the key component of each accomplishment: improved operations, more money, demonstrated leadership and reliability, … Accomplishments like these are the most critical pieces of your resume. Now read that last sentence again, because that’s the best resume advice you’ll get this month. If you’re a fantastic employee but your resume is silent on many of your accomplishments, you’ll end up behind a good employee whose accomplishments are all clearly laid out. And for that matter, an average employee with weak accomplishments better know how to network, since the resume alone won’t pull its weight. (Actually, networking skills are critical to everyone’s job hunt. But let’s stick with the topic, if you don’t mind.) Accomplishments are where it’s at.
When you solve a problem, reduce costs, make something better/simpler/faster, when you show initiative, it has to be on your resume, without being drowned out by too many roles and responsibilities (i.e. the “we’ve-all-done-it” resume template material). In my view, half of the energy and time spent on your resume should be focused on your accomplishments. To write good accomplishments, you need to think of what your potential employer is thinking about (problems solved, better results, and so on) and emphasize that. If you go through 20 resumes of your peers, you’ll certainly find great accomplishments that you could adapt on your resume. I truly believe that is time well spent.
Many More Accomplishments, Just for You
However, I’ve already done that research… The 5 ideas above are just a glimpse of the full list of accomplishments I’ve assembled. If you’d like that well-rounded, unique list of real-world dentist accomplishments, for just a few dollars, check out our e-book, Dentist Resume Hacking, on Amazon. You can read it even if you don’t have a Kindle device.